Connor McLennan was the Scotland hero this evening (Tuesday) when he came off the bench to score twice and help Scotland U21s to a really impressive 2-1 win over Croatia in Sibenek.
Fellow Dons youngster Lewis Ferguson started the game and put in an excellent performance in the middle of the park for Scott Gemmill’s side until he was replaced by his Aberdeen teammate with about twelve minutes remaining.
The Croatians took a deserved lead before half time but Scotland hung in and with about ten minutes remaining substitute Greg Middleton found fellow substitute McLennan inside the penalty box with a low ball in and the Aberdeen forward produced a good finish to find the far corner of the net. In the final minute a Ross McCrorie cross found Connor unmarked and his close-range header beat the keeper.
It could yet prove to be a huge night for the Scots youngsters in their bid for European Qualification. The win puts Scotland level on points with Greece at the top of Euro Under-21 Championship Group D after two games. The Scots beat San Marino 2-0 last week. Scotland will meet the other two sides in the section in October. Lithuania wil travel to Edinburgh for the next fixture, and this will be followed by a trip to the Czech Republic.
After the game Connor spoke to the SFA Media team:
“That was the plan, to put on some fresh legs with me and Middleton, and we went on the counter a couple of times and got the win.
“It was a bit of a mad 10-15 minutes. I think we stuck to the game-plan well.
“When you come off the bench, that’s all you’re hoping for – you want to make an impact.
“After the first goal, you’re thinking maybe that’s it, but in my mind I’m getting a bit more confident and thinking I can maybe get another.
“Everyone wants to start the game, but when the game-plan works like that, you can’t have any complaints at all.”
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